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Avi Soudack <[log in to unmask]>
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Avi Soudack <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 9 Feb 2006 08:30:02 -0500
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This document by UIE provides excellent guidance and addresses some of your 

I've done a fair amount of informal recruiting, and it can be time 
consuming. But if you are doing repeated waves of testing, then setting up 
the structure for intake and screening will pay off.

I can't speak to the rates per hour in the US, but they will vary depending 
on how tight your criteria (e.g. professionals, specific demographic, etc.).

I think your planned "testing" time may be too low (depending on what you 
are testing). Note: you've got equal amount of time for interviewing as 
"testing". Don't under estimate the importance of watching them use your 
product. In my experience that's more useful than what they say about it.

best of luck...

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Yutai Liao" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 8:38 PM
Subject: Recruiting test subjects without an agency.

Hello fellow CHI WEBer's.

I am about to start a monthly usability testing program with five
subjects coming in to our office every month here in San Francisco.

Am I crazy to think that I can just post an ad in Craigslist with my
given criteria, and pass that through my HR person (who has agreed to do
the screening)?

Am I underestimating the time required to do this?

Also, I am planning on having them come in for an hour for $50. 10-15
minutes for pre test interview, 20-30min for the testing, and 10-15
minutes post test interview.

Is that fair market value for their troubles?

Thanks so much for your help. I, of course, will summarize for the
group. <>

Yutai Albert Liao

Product Manager

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